• Linda

They are fun, furry and Christmassy. It's the Llamas!

There is certainly something about Llamas, don't you agree? They seem to have lot of personality in them. I never imagined them in connection with Christmas. But guys from My Favorite Things have done it, and came up with cute and whimsical Christmas Llamas. And I fell in love with them straight away!

The stamp set features four different characters, and each has its own Christmas themed decoration. They are easy to colour in, whatever the medium of your choice is. I used a combination of water based Stampin' Up! inks and Nuvo alcohol markers. Ideally, use Memento Black ink pad. This ink works great with any alcohol markers as it doesn't bleed. Once you have your images coloured, you can start working on the main card.

You can add a bit of sparkle by using a simple white glitter card. I used a stitched oval die from Stampin' Up! to cut out a window for the Llamas to fit into. I then traced the oval shape on to the card blank with a pencil. This is a guide for my inked background. I used a combination of two Distress Oxide inks for each card - Blueprint Sketch + Peacock Feathers and Twisted Citron + Abandoned Coral. They are very easy to blend together with a blending tool, and by using circular motion you get a seamless blend. I recommend getting a thick layer of ink on the card. The more ink on your card the better the contrast once you flick some water or glitter liquid on. I used the Spectrum Noir sparkle pen to achieve a contrasting background. Wink of Stella also works well with these inks.

The two cards I made look very similar but I decided to make one of them more dimensional. I achieved this by simply cutting a white craft foam to a desired size (same as the glitter card) with an oval shape cut out in the middle. This is then glued onto the back of the glitter card panel. You could also achieve the raised effect by using individual 3D foam pads or strip but it's not going to be as seamless as with the large piece of craft foam (you will see the gaps between the foam pads when you look at the card from a side). To add some contrast, I also added two thin strips of Basic Gray card vertically on two sides of the card.

Next on the list are the little things like sentiments. My favourite combination is either a black card or a Basic Gray card with white embossing powder. Remember to use an embossing buddy when working with heat embossing powders. It's definitely a handy tool to get rid of any marks, fingerprints or dirt on your card.

To add a bit of interest to the card, use foliage. Any greenery is good. I used the Grand Greenery dies from My Favorite Things. They are great to use for scrapbooking too! I cut them to a size I needed and then glued them on using a Stick it! tape roller. These come in various colours (blue, red or purple - each doing its own thing).

TIP : Use the purple Stick it! with any intricate dies as a cheaper alternative to an adhesive sheet. It releases tiny individual glue dots. I recommend working on a sheet of scrap paper. Once you lift the die cut element from the paper, some dots will stay on the element and some stay on the paper. You will end up with a die cut with plenty of sticky dots, and any excess stays on the paper. The best of all, once glued onto your card, no adhesive will show around the die cut! Give it a go and see for yourself! Just remember to avoid the sticky dots on your scrap paper when working with a next die cut element.

Another element I added is the berries from the Woodland Stag Wreath. This is a nice set of dies to just use on its own. You have everything you need to create catchy Christmas cards. I cut the berries from a leftover white card, and then coloured them in with my Nuvo markers. To finish them off, you can add red gems or glossy accents. If you want to step your card even more, use a white pen to create the highlights on your llamas and greenery. It definitely adds a bit more life into them!

List of supplies:

Two white card blanks: 21.1 x 14.8 cm (8 2/8'' x 5 3/4'')

Frozen Wishes Glitter card - Hobbycraft: 10 x 14.5 cm (3 7/8'' x 5 5/8'')

Stitched Shapes Framelits dies - Stampin' Up!

Happy Llamadays - My Favorite Things

Distress Oxide Inks - Ranger - Blueprint Sketch, Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron and Abandoned Coral

White craft foam - Hobbycraft: cut to 10 x 14.5 cm (3 7/8'' x 5 5/8'')

Grand Greenery dies - My Favorite Things

Woodland Stag Wreath dies - Xcut

Piece of green card - appx. 12 x 15 cm

Basic Gray cardstock - Stampin' Up!

VersaMark ink pad - Tsukineko

Seafoam White embossing powder - Papermania

Embossing buddy - Stampin' Up!

Sizzix Big Shot die cutting machine

Stamp Perfect stamping platform

Heat tool

Spectrum Noir sparkle pen - Crafter's Companion

Uni-ball Signo White pigment ink pen - Mitsubishi Pencil

Stick it! dots roller

Red gems

Stix large glue dots

Glossy Accents - Ranger

Dimensionals (3D foam pads) - Stampin' Up!

Nuvo Markers: 441 Blackcurrant Tart, 373 Pink Grapefruit, 374 Tiger Lily, 377 Fresh Watermelon, 379 Strawberry Jam, 453 Paradise Pink, 463 Vintage Walnut, 405 Indian Saffron, 410 Persian Lime, 413 Bamboo Leaf, 360 Aqua Spray and 363 Tropical Ocean

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